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In Pursuit of PrivilegeA History of New York City's Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis$
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Clifton Hood

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172165

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172165.001.0001

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The Ways of Millionaireville

The Ways of Millionaireville

The 1890s

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In Pursuit of Privilege

Clifton Hood

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores continues the main themes of the chapter 5. It analyzes the efforts of the Gilded Age upper class to exclude unsuitable outsiders and raise its own standards and define its legitimacy via an examination of a new upper-class neighborhood that emerged in this period, the upper class’ embrace of the European aristocracy, its pursuit of genealogy, and the creation of the Four Hundred as an ultra-exclusive social grouping. However, the chapter also investigates how the Gilded Age upper class provided vital leadership that improved urban economic and cultural infrastructures, including the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Keywords:   Murray Hill, Upper East Side, Aristocracy, Genealogy, anti-Semitism, Social Register, the Four Hundred

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